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Growing concern over child begging in the Caribbean

September 1, 2014
Growing concern over child begging in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In the Caribbean, there is growing concern over child labour and indirect forms of begging. Children are being seen working various forms of street hustling such as the selling of counterfeit movies, stolen electronic devices, or local produce like fruits and vegetables.

United Nations photo competition for Caribbean small island developing states

September 1, 2014
United Nations photo competition for Caribbean small island developing states PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- The United Nations will launch a Caribbean SIDS (Small Island Developing States) photography competition. The UN Photo Competition for Caribbean SIDS will seek to raise awareness of the UN values in relation to the importance of sustainable development.

EarthTalk: Dealing with mounting 'e-waste'

September 1, 2014
EarthTalk: Dealing with mounting 'e-waste' With electronic equipment and gadgets the fastest growing waste stream in many countries, how to deal with so-called “e-waste” may in fact be one of the most pressing environmental problems of the 21st century. According to BCC Research, consumers around the world purchased 238.5 million TVs...

Caribbean fisheries officers off to Australia for training

August 28, 2014
Caribbean fisheries officers off to Australia for training BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Eighteen senior fisheries officers and marine management experts from ten member countries of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will take part in the 2014 CARICOM fisheries law and management training workshop at the University of Wollongong.

Garifuna-Americans prepare to celebrate Garifuna Settlement anniversary

August 28, 2014
Garifuna-Americans prepare to celebrate Garifuna Settlement anniversary LOS ANGELES, USA -- Members of the Garifuna-American and immigrant community in the United States are preparing for the month long celebration known as National Garifuna Settlement, Education and Awareness Month from November 12 to December 12. Garifuna Settlement is the celebration...

Caribbean agricultural institute creates revenue generating unit

August 27, 2014
Caribbean agricultural institute creates revenue generating unit ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- With a focus on increasing crop and small ruminant productivity by equipping the region’s agribusiness sector to deal with the challenges of climate change, increasing incidence of invasive pests, low productivity and increasing costs of inputs, Caribbean Agricultural...

Caribbean fisheries agency to present arguments to law of the sea tribunal

August 27, 2014
Caribbean fisheries agency to present arguments to law of the sea tribunal BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) will on September 5, 2014, present oral arguments to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg, Germany, in response to a request for an advisory opinion on illegal, unreported and unregulated...

On Day of Remembrance, UN says triumph over slavery should guide efforts to build culture of tolerance

August 25, 2014
On Day of Remembrance, UN says triumph over slavery should guide efforts to build culture of tolerance PARIS, France -- Marking the anniversary of the first successful slave uprising in the Western hemisphere, in the French colony of Saint-Domingue, which culminated in the elimination of slavery there and the founding of the Republic of Haiti, the head of the United Nations Educational...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: How do you define education?

August 25, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: How do you define education? Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of reflections, insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: How do you define education?

US Navy launches new initiative in Latin America

August 13, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Washington has launched a new initiative in Latin America called America Visits the Americas, which consists of expeditions, in what is described as cooperative maritime security operations to enhance inter-operational activities and build partnerships.

International Youth Day Message

August 13, 2014
International Youth Day Message August 12th each year is celebrated as International Youth Day, as endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in the year 1999. This year, the theme to highlight this important day in celebration of our young people across the globe, is “Youth and Mental Health,” under the slogan “Mental Health Matters”.

FAO Food Price Index hits six-month low in July

August 12, 2014
ROME, Italy -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

Commonwealth mediation training to help resolve human rights disputes

August 9, 2014
LONDON, England -- Senior officials from 14 national human rights commissions from around the Commonwealth will meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later this month for a week-long training exercise to explore ways of preventing, managing and resolving human rights related disputes.

Caribbean Week 2014 and One Love Festival launched in Northern Ireland

August 6, 2014
Caribbean Week 2014 and One Love Festival launched in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Caribbean Week is steadily becoming a significant and engaging regional tourism activity in Belfast, attracting participants with extensive media coverage. This year through the formation of the first Caribbean Festival / One Love Festival, the Belfast Festivals Forum has...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Are you doing your best?

August 5, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Are you doing your best? Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue asks the question: “Are you doing your best?” The hope is that this...

A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture

July 30, 2014
A revolution in finance for ACP agriculture NAIROBI, Kenya -- The access to finance is and has been a debilitating factor in the progress of agricultural development across the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) regions. Farmers from the regions have called on governments to address the financial strategies for better access by...

US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean

July 26, 2014
US Coast Guard cutter returns home following deployment in the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- The crew of the US Coast Guard cutter Confidence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday following a 61-day deployment in the Caribbean Sea. On May 27, the crew of the Confidence departed Port Canaveral to conduct a homeland security...

Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states

July 25, 2014
Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The joint embassy of the Eastern Caribbean States representing Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines brought together a cross section of stakeholders from the Caribbean and across the EU in Brussels on 10 July 2014 at the Press Club Brussels.

Experts call for stronger cooperation on oil spills and nutrient management in Caribbean

July 15, 2014
Experts call for stronger cooperation on oil spills and nutrient management in Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 80 percent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted from land based sources and activities on land such as deforestation, untreated wastewater, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste and litter. This affects livelihoods, people’s health, island economies and ecosystems.

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A Child's Right to Respect

July 15, 2014
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: A Child's Right to Respect Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: A Child’s Right to Respect. The hope is that this submission would cause you...

Caribbean cellular providers under fire for blocking free call apps

July 12, 2014
Caribbean cellular providers under fire for blocking free call apps KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Caribbean cellular providers Digicel and LIME are facing a backlash from consumers and investigations from regulatory agencies over blocking customers from using popular third party Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications. Last month, Digicel, which promotes itself as...

UN marks 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond'

July 12, 2014
UN marks 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond' NEW YORK, USA -- Visitors to the United Nations on Thursday and those to the Bronx Museum of Fine Arts on Friday had a chance to see an exhibit and a film focusing on the struggle by slaves for independence in Haiti – the first successful slave revolt in the world that "continues to inspire."

Caribbean elections will be won or lost with social media, say media strategists

July 11, 2014
Caribbean elections will be won or lost with social media, say media strategists BRADES, Montserrat -- Two digital media strategists believe that how political parties use social media in the coming years will impact their chances at the polls come election day. Nerissa Golden of Goldenmedia and Ursula Barzey of Moxee Marketing say over the next 18 months more than...

CDB invites community-based groups to apply for disaster risk reduction project grant

July 9, 2014
CDB invites community-based groups to apply for disaster risk reduction project grant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has issued a call to eligible organisations to apply for funding to support community-based disaster risk reduction efforts and climate change adaptation projects. The selected projects will be financed from the Bank’s...

Call for Caribbean literary submissions and artwork

July 9, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer, an international, literary anthology with a Caribbean focus, published by the University of the Virgin Islands, is announcing a submission call for its 29th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work.

The Caribbean Writer announces Volume 27 prize winners

July 8, 2014
ST CROIX, USVI -- The Caribbean Writer has announced its annual prize winners from Volume 27, which highlights music and visual arts. Topping the list is a new annual prize: The Cecile deJongh Literary Prize ($500) awarded to an author whose work best expresses the spirit of the Caribbean.

Fasting: One of the five pillars of Islam

July 5, 2014
Fasting: One of the five pillars of Islam Fasting is another form of worship found universally in the world religions. Although there are vast differences regarding the mode of fasting and the conditions applied to it, the central idea of fasting is present everywhere. Where it is not mentioned clearly, it is likely that it may gradually have either...

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